Sony issues underwhelming sales forecast for Vita and PSP in FY14

Sony’s latest financial report clearly shows its handheld division is struggling, and the company isn’t one to disagree as it looks forward.

The firm provided a forecast of 5m units sold for PS Vita and PSP devices in its fiscal 2014 calendar, following last year where the two combined to sell just 7m units. PS3 and PS2 consoles are expected to double the forecasted figure to 10m in the same period, with help from the PS4 launch.

The forecast indicates that Sony is apparently resigned to its fate as far as Vita’s sluggish sales, with PSP’s contribution reducing each quarter – as Japan’s support for the aging device continues to decline.

Handheld competitor Nintendo previously forecasted that its 3DS hardware would move 18m units in its fiscal 2014. If both firm’s results land anywhere close to their predictions, Sony would be left in the dust comparably.

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